Insurance Companies Are People Too

Finally, Hollywood celebrities are stepping up to defend the real downtrodden — insurance companies and their unfairly vilified executives.

In a hilarious mock public service announcement produced by MoveOn.org, Will Ferrell, John Hamm (Mad Men), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Linda Cardellini (ER), Masi Oka (Heroes) and other actors make a plea to Americans to support the insurance industry’s right to continue making obscene profits.

The video, billed as an exclusive on the website Funny or Die, has been viewed nearly 50,000 times since being posted there early this morning.

Some snippets:

Will Ferrell: “So why is Obama trying to reform health care when insurance companies are doing just fine making billions of dollars in profit?”

John Hamm: “They need to make big profits so they can afford to give their employees health insurance.”

Donald Faison: “If my kid falls off his bike and breaks his leg, he should have to pay that money out of pocket — out of his allowance.”

Who can argue with that reasoning?

The PSA ends with MoveOn.org’s plea for viewers to urge lawmakers to support a public option as part of health care reform.

(Hat tip to The Huffington Post‘s Alex Leo.)